Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Took a Walk (and a Train, and Another Train, and One More Walk)

Tomorrow is my last day of work. I'm not going to face the fact that I have to leave all of my fabulous coworkers friends yet.

I did have to face the fact that I am leaving my kids because the new teacher took over yesterday. To be honest, there are a lot of mixed emotions there! I'm really excited that I have a little break from lesson planning while all the craziness of moving is going on, but I'm also really sad about leaving my kids.

Another, kind of weird thing that I am sad about is leaving my commute.

It may sound odd, but I loved taking public transit to work. I felt like a real "grown up", and it was nice not to worry about traffic or finding a parking spot!

I saw this post at Auer Life, and I thought it would be a perfect way to remember my crazy trip to work!

So, if you don't mind, why don't you join me for a quick trip to the north side of Chicago?

Before we get started on our walk to the train, we have to sneak a peek at the lake. We are going to walk in the other direction, but its just so pretty in the morning!

 We are going to head this way though, for a quick 10 minute walk to the subway.

Make sure to say hi to the Hancock Tower as it peeks out from over the houses!

Oops! Avoid getting in the way of the delivery guys that line this street in the morning! Fortunately, no one has their deliveries piled up on the side walk today!

Here we go down into the subway for the first train ride of our trip!

Ah! That was crazy! Just as Train #1 was pulling into the station, Train #2 was pulling in on the other side! But we ran across the platform, and even had time to watch the Discover ad before the doors of Train #2 closed!

Train #2 is an elevated train, so we have to walk under the tracks to get to work. Don't worry, it isn't rainy or snowy today, so you won't get any water drops on your head!

Walking past the Starbucks. This corner has 7 different crosswalks! Its always an adventure to see which one is available.

Finally at work, exactly on time! And only 45 minutes, 2 train rides and 2 1/2 mile walks later :)

What would you miss about leaving your job?


Becky said...

What a super cool post today Katie!!! I Absolutely love this :)

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh i love chicago!! super post and the photos were awesome!!

LOL!!! right now i would not miss a thing about work-- well maybe my coworkers but that is it --- crazy crazy week this week- i need spring break-LOL!!!

Jules said...

What a great much fun and just reminded me how much I loved visiting Chicago. A year ago today I arrived for my girl's wish that we could have met then! Oh, and that second picture - it looks awfully familiar, but I think the snow is missing. Am I right?

Sue from Oregon said...

What a great walk down your soon to be memory lane!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

How fun to have a birds eye view of your commute to work!! I had no idea it involved all of that!!!

Good luck on your last day today!!! How is the packing coming along?

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

That was such a fun post!!
My sister-in-law lived on the north side of Chicago for awhile before moving to Oak Park.
We went to the beach there a few times before they moved :)

When I quit teaching to basically stay home with, Evan I was just too excited to finally be a mom.

But now I find myself missing being in a classroom at times as the kids reach school age.
Volunteering in Erin's classroom has helped with that though.

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing your morning commute with us. I enjoyed your photos.
What will I miss about my commute..nothing as I worked out of my home and am just retired, teehee :)
But when I lived on my own, I enjoyed the walk to the bus and how quiet and dark it was.

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